The Skystone (Camulod Chronicles Series #1)

The Skystone (Camulod Chronicles Series #1)

by Jack Whyte
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The Skystone (Camulod Chronicles Series #1) by Jack Whyte

This first novel in Jack Whyte's riveting Arthurian series tells how the story of Camelot may have actually come to be.

We all know the story—how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone and how Camelot came to be.

But how did it really happen?

The Roman citizens of Britain faced a deadly choice: leave to live in a corrupt Roman world, or stay amidst the violence of the warring factions of Picts, Celts, and invading Saxons.

For Publius Varrus and Caius Britannicus, there is only one answer. They will stay, try to preserve the best of Roman life, and create a new culture from the wreckage.

In doing so, they will plant the seeds of a legend. For these two men are Arthur's great-grandfathers and their actions will shape a nation...and forge the sword known as Excalibur.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812551389
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/1996
Series: Camulod Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.79(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jack Whyte is a Scots-born, award-winning Canadian author whose poem, The Faceless One, was featured at the 1991 New York Film Festival. The Camulod Chronicles is his greatest work, a stunning retelling of one of our greatest legends: the making of King Arthur's Britain. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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Skystone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
The tie-ins to 4th century Britain and Rome are the backdrop that make the Arthurian Legend ...breathe! The characters are well-drawn and believable; want to root for the good guys, bloody the bad ones! Loved the book...lots of action, love, historical fact ...bravo...
falcon70 More than 1 year ago
If you are a reader of King Arthur, this is a must read. Fascinating account of what may have been the true story, with historical facts, people and geography as context. This book will get you started on the Camulod Chronicles in their entirety, and will lead to many hours of exciting and rewarding reading in your future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just completed this book for my second time and for the first time moved on to book two. I read this the first time round many years ago and wanted to refresh myself before preceeding and it was certainly worth my while. Jack Whyte has done a remarkable job at beginning this series and without a doubt this was a well constructed book. The characters in these pages have depth and there are times when you will laugh at a quirck a character has and unless you had not had some much depth with the character the statement would have not had humor. It takes a large amount of skill as a author to be able to develope characters in this manner and Whyte has managed to write as few other author I have encountered have. Highly recommended!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of all the arthurian authors i have read, jack whyte is one of, if not the best. These books are just fantastic and you will not regret purchasing them. The characters are so well developed you will read these more than once. You will care deeply for the characters in every book. Get this book and enjoy the read. It will be very hard to put down, i guarantee. If you like reading books about king arthur or this genre this whole series is a must read. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave each of my men a copy of this first book for Christmas. Jack Whyte is one of the best authors I've read.
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jeklou More than 1 year ago
i read Skystone every couple of years and am currently re-reading it. each time, i find something new. the characters are so well drawn that even when considerable time passes, and sometimes the characters themselves, you're just as invested in the new generation because you love the forefathers so much. never thought i would be effortlessly reading and thoroughly enjoying passages that describe metallurgy. love the author's voice regardless of which character is speaking/writing.
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An enjoyable, filling, satisfying read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is historical fiction at its finest. I rank Jack up there with Bernard Cornwell as tops in his skill as a storyteller and attentiveness to historical details. This series is armchair time-traveling at its very best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good read, but some characters need development. The plot lines are quite decently sketched but sometimes predictable. Warrants a re-read after a couple of years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great story, The Skystone suggests that the origins of legendary Camelot could have been a colony of Roman/Britons determined to save all that was best about the ideals of the now-crumbling Roman Empire. Arthur's grandfather is the hero of this tale. He is a metalworker who finally manages to smelt a substance out of a meteorite, which when combined with iron creates a beautiful and powerful metal, which I suspect is a type of steel. This we know will probably become the blade of Excalibur. But to find out, I look forward to reading the next book in the series. There's plenty of action in this yarn, but also lots of conversation. The characters talk and talk. And talk. Just leaving a room is a chance to expound at length, for no character says anything in 25 words that can be said in 250. Otherwise, an enjoyable tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My second reading of this book proves that my first impression still stands. The idea behind this book is marvelous. Mr. Whyte has created unforgettable characters. One is Publius Varrus, the narrator, but the most fascinating character is Caius Britannicus. A man of sound moral, a man straight as an arrow, a bright, clever man with a magnetic personality. It is so beautiful that his name is Britannicus. The idea of the forming of the future Camelot is masterful. I loved this book. It is among my very favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea behind this book is marvelous. Mr. Whyte has created unforgettable characters. One is Publius Varrus, the narrator, but the most fascinating character is Caius Britannicus. A man of sound moral, a man straight as an arrow, a bright, clever man with a magnetic personality. It is so beautiful that his name is Britannicus. The idea of the forming of the future Camelot is masterful. I loved this book. It is among my very favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to these stories while on a deployment with the military, much to my chagrin! I finished the first book in about 14 hours, and then had to wait for 2 months to get the next Camulod tale. I have recommended these books to 7 people, and all have given glowing praise. Cannot recommend these highly enough.
harstan More than 1 year ago
By the latter half of the fourth century, anyone with a fraction of intelligence could see the pending apocalypse as the Roman Empire is collapsing. Places on the outer rim are becoming increasingly dangerous as civilization nears collapse. Many of the nobles flee for the sanctuary of Rome, but those who remain behind in places like Britain struggle to survive.

Gaius Publius Varrus recognizes the imminent collapse and worries about the future of Britain. With his closest friend General Caius Cornelius Britannicus, Publius decides it is time for Britain to begin its own heritage that breaks away from Rome into something greater before his land descends into an age of darkness. Honor over betrayal and justice over unfairness is his goal symbolized by the forging of a special sword made from the rock that fell from the heavens so that his great-grandchildren can thrive in a wondrous world.

THE SKYSTONE, book one of Jack Whyte¿s Camulod Chronicles, is a fabulous pre¿Arthurian tale that reads more like a historical fiction due to the inclusion of the mundane everyday life especially that of the soldier. Done in a first person narrative that is told in retrospect by Publius looking back over seven decades, the engaging story line is loaded with historical tidbits that make this book a must read for the Camelot crowd and the ancient historical buffs. Though the women are not quite as developed as the men, readers will want to obtain book 2 THE SINGING SWORD that continues to chronicle the pre-legend days of yore.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
As the first in a series of six books, with a seventh on the way, 'The Skystone' introduces you to a time and place long since past. Collectively known as 'The Camulod Chronicles', each book will leave you longing for the next. You will come to know the characters as if you knew them personally, feeling every emotion like it was your own. Whyte makes the legend of King Author so believable, you'll forget it is just a legend, or is it...........